The Australian Greens have welcomed the Government's formal abandonment of its widely condemned policy of mandatory internet censorship.
Australian Greens communications spokesperson Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam noted that moves to adopt the Interpol child abuse blocklist represented a return to evidence-based policy.
"I congratulate the many people who campaigned hard against proposals to censor a wide array of material on the Government's ‘Refused Classification' list," Senator Ludlam said.
The filter proposal was politically ‘delayed' on the eve of the 2010 election as the campaign against it reached its height, but remained Government policy until today's announcement.
"The Government's move to require ISPs to block against the Interpol list answers most of the criticisms levelled at its much broader policy; particularly the risk of scope creep inherent in a list as broad and poorly defined as ‘Refused Classification'.
"The success of the #nocleanfeed campaign should be seen as an unambiguous win for tens of thousands of people who devoted their energy to seeing it through. There are still questions to answer, particularly around the continued domestic administration of the RC list and the operation of the Interpol list.
"Unfortunately, as one campaign is set to rest, the Government is canvassing a wider and arguably far more dangerous set of proposals under the umbrella of the National Security Legislation Inquiry (#natsecinquiry); the centrepiece being two-year mandatory data retention for all Australians (#ozlog). There's still some work to do yet."
Senator Ludlam's work on the National Security Inquiry can be found here: http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/natsecinquiry
And on the internet filter, here: http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/campaigns/defending-digital-freedom...
Details of the Interpol ‘Worst-of' list and its administration can be found here: http://www.interpol.int/Crime-areas/Crimes-against-children/Access-blocking